• Who’s Hiring The Most This Holiday Season?

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    Retailers and other big seasonal employers won’t be hiring as many people this year as they did in the last years before the recession began, but some of them are looking to take on thousands of workers. We have compiled a list of the big companies that have the most job listings of all right now, with a focus on seasonal hiring, using data provided by Indeed.com, an online job posting aggregator. We define a “big company” as one with more than 2,500 employees.

    We searched both employers’ career sites and job boards, and we examined what we found to account for differences in seasonal recruiting strategies among the companies. Our list may not reflect an exact number of available positions, since there can be duplicate postings and listings can stay up after a job is filled, but the results offer a strong gauge of who is hiring the most this season.

    Who’s Hiring The Most This Holiday Season

    Department stores dominate the list, taking five of the top 10 spots. Sears leads, with 12,352 postings right now. JCPenney and Macy’s ( M – news – people ) hold the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, with 12,189 and 9,090 listings, respectively.

    Toys “R” Us is also looking to hire thousands of workers to help customers find the perfect gifts this season. Though it has only 5,354 unique listings right now, the toy retailer announced last month that it plans to double its domestic workforce this season by hiring about 45,000 holiday workers altogether.

    Then there is another major moneymaker during the holiday season: shipping companies.

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